Who says that you have to spend money on getting a plinking target. If you’ve some steel and a welding machine you may as well make your own.
Those of you that have read this blog before will know that I am a big fan of plinking. I think it is a really great way to spend an afternoon and what’s more it is a really great way to hone your skills as a shot. Shooting a pellet gun is not the same as shooting a cartridge firearm, this we understand, and so it is actually necessary to get in lots of shooting time to get good at it. The advantage a plinking target like the one that is pictured is that it works and if made correctly will last you forever. It is a home made one, I have never seen one like this one sale before. The good news is that it does look easy enough to make and I guess (as you will see from the video below) that if you have the space for it, it is an option that you should consider. I certainly am going to try my hand at making one.
If any of you out there give it a bash, it would be really great to see some photos, perhaps even a video of it if you have the time. Here is the video of the plinking target in action:
So anyone that has a pellet gun or has shot with pellet guns has almost certainly done some plinking, but do you know what plinking is?
Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine about a new air rifle that he had just bought. Here I have to say that he has of course not been into it for twenty years, but his son is now coming of age and he thought it would be a great way for the two of them to spend time together. Of course it would I insisted. There is nothing like a new pellet gun, besides I explained, men and boys, pellet guns and plinking, these things all go together. It was at this moment that I realised the unfortunate and obvious truth. He had no idea what plinking was, although he had of course used the word himself before. So here is a short explanation of what plinking and I will follow it with some ideas of what to use.
Plinking is essentially using anything that is moveable as a target. Typically one would use a few cans, or if you are adventurous other things that you would generally through away after all the shooting is done. The idea is not to incur costs and it differs from formal target shooting in that there is no real accurate measure of how you have done. Mostly you would just try and hit the can and then you would assess if it was high or low, left or right. It is not like putting up a marked out target where you can get a real idea of the accuracy of your shooting.
Plinking is intended to be fun and easy and that it most certainly is. Of course I would urge you not to shoot at things that could explode or shoot off in all directions, but what would be the point, right? Actually it is worth getting a proper plinking target, here is a link for the one pictured above.
Here is a clip that illustrates the illusive art of plinking: